In support of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, Jairo Amezquita, aquaculture consultant of the Americas region for U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), presented BAP certificates to the Colombian farmers selected to receive training and financial support.

columbia_ussecAmezquita has been a key player in ensuring that Colombia’s farmers receive the training and financial support necessary to apply for the BAP certification to comply with local and international market requirements since USSEC and the Federación Colombiana De Acuicultores (FEDEACUA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) early this year.

Amezquita presented a number of tilapia and trout producers with BAP certificates for attaining BAP certification at a celebration of responsible aquaculture organized by FEDEACUA in Bogota, Colombia, on Oct. 11.

Also in attendance was Marcos Moya, manager of BAP supply development for GAA. “The MoU signed by USSEC, FEDEACUA and GAA to train Colombia’s small farmers to achieve BAP certification represents an effective demonstration of responsible aquaculture in Latin America,” he said.